Hello there and Happy Friday! Today I am excited to share one more stamp set I designed for Whimsy Stamps’ April release!

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This stamp set is called Handlettered Thoughts and can be used alone, or as a coordinating set to the Handlettered Encouragement stamp set released last month. I love handlettered fonts, and am really excited about this set because it can be used to cover a wide variety of occasions.

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To create my card, I started off by die cutting a large heart into the center of a white card panel. I added yellow “bokeh” dots around the panel using Mustard Seed distress ink and a Penny Black Inc. Dotlets stencil. To create the varying intensities on the dots, I used light pressure as I inked over the stencil the first time; I then shifted the stencil slightly and inked again, this time with a bit more pressure. Finally, I shifted the stencil one more time and added my ink with even more pressure. This results in a fun, bokeh-style background that was really easy to create!

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I added a transparency sheet behind the heart window we created in the panel and put foam tape all over the back. I filled the resulting “well” with buttons, sequins and seed beads from 28 Lilac Lane’s New Leaf embellishment kit and placed a white backing over top the shaker well to hold all the embellishments inside.

My sweet friend May Flaum has a new line of embellishments with Buttons Galore (called 28 Lilac Lane) and they come in all sorts of gorgeous themes! May has always been known for her use of buttons and other items, and I am super excited for her that she has the opportunity to design these kits! You’ll be seeing me use her new products in future projects!

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Because I was aiming for this shaker to be the focal point of my card, I needed to have a bold sentiment to draw your eyes there. One of my dearest friends, Ruby Naz, was actually part of my inspiration for this card; she creates a lot of clean and simple cards, oftentimes with a bold, black element (see this card of hers that I love as an example!). Using her style as inspiration I black heat embossed the word “thanks” onto vellum and fussy cut it out; I then white heat embossed the rest of the sentiment onto a purple banner and popped that off of my card using foam tape.

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To finish the card off, I put some Wink of Stella glitter on the darkest yellow bokeh dots and mounted my shaker panel onto a blue card base.

 

MORE INSPIRATION

Looking for more inspiration on creating shaker cards? Or maybe you are brand new to shakers and want to learn how? Be sure to check out my YouTube channel playlist that is all about shakers! I post new videos often, so be sure to subscribe so as not to miss any future videos showcasing lots of fun techniques, products and inspiration!

 

 

PRODUCTS

If you are interested in any of the products used in this post, I have them all linked below to Simon Says Stamp. Affiliate links used when possible.

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